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Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World Is Easier Than You Think by [Moore, Shayne]
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As a œsoccer mom turned activist, Moore has watched her life take a turn she never expected. Full-time homemaker and mother of three, the author lived in suburbia when she felt God moving her to educate herself and those within her sphere of influence about worldwide illness, hunger, poverty, and abuses against women and children. What Moore never expected was that she would become a noncelebrity spokesperson for the Campaign to Make Poverty History and would rub shoulders with the likes of Bono, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts. Moore describes her journeys to other countries in vivid and heartbreaking detail. While the worldwide need can appear overwhelming, this caring mom shows by example the way to making individual powerful choices to alleviate suffering, no matter where it finds its home. Moore offers the resources for getting educated and getting involved in this no-excuses primer on changing the world one small step at a time. (Feb.)
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“I remember Gandhi once reflecting on his movement and saying that he knew something was happening in the world when he saw that homemade clothing was being worn not just by folks on the fringes, but by folks in Parliament. Global Soccer Mom is clear evidence that there is a movement sweeping the church---and that God is liberating folks from the ghettoes and the cul-de-sacs. Soccer moms and sex traffickers, tax collectors and zealots, stockbrokers and warmongers, liberals and conservatives are all reshaping our lives in terms of Jesus and the common vision of seeing God’s Kingdom come---on earth.” -- Shane Claiborne, , Author

“What would happen if you decided to change the world? All it takes is one person. In Global Soccer Mom, Shayne Moore reminds us that you don’t need to be rich, powerful, or influential to make a difference in the world.” -- Richard Stearns, , President

“With frank honesty about frustrations with her own faith tradition as well as touches of humor over being dismissed as ‘just a mom,’ Shayne Moore’s book packs a punch that is smattered with the hope and the challenge that we can all do something significant to improve the lives of those who live in extreme poverty throughout the world. I was deeply touched and inspired by Global Soccer Mom. It is Shayne’s own journey that is most compelling. She moves with grace between packing school lunches to hanging out with the likes of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Her adventure beckons us all to put our faith into action in order to right the wrongs of human oppression. Shayne Moore is just one woman, but she wields a personal power that is changing the world, and she convinces us that we can do the same.” -- Arloa Sutter, , Executive Director

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  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4UTD6
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Format: Paperback
Shayne writes with an authentic voice and down to earth style about the spirit and struggles of taking steps to put faith in action on behalf of the poor, especially those impacted by the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. She is honest, hands-on, and practical in her approach. I appreciated the great variety of quotes and statistics added to each chapter. Most of all, she her words echo my thoughts and the ache in my heart for the church to do more to make a positive difference for justice.
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It has been a pursuit of interest for me to see how Christians, ordinary people and those of us who have the power to CHANGE things can have a part in global activism. Having just started to learn about social justice issues, in depth in the past couple of years, I was overwhelmed with the need and the general apathy or sense of ineffectiveness that we contend with daily. There are many who want to help but feel powerless. There are many more who are ignorant that these issues exist. There are many who wonder if the "Church" should get involved. Others who know and want to help think that Christians should avoid working with non-Christians and hide in our church world.

Have you ever felt these things? I had. So has Shayne Moore. She is REAL. She is ME. To some degree, she is probably you, too. She wondered all of the things that I have wondered and more. She felt the despair, the pain, the sense of helplessness. She was compelled to help and tried to spur others on, only to find members of her church didn't want to help anyone suffering from "sins they brought on themselves" like AIDS. Let me take an aside there to say that we have ALL brought sins upon ourselves. No one is innocent. Let me add that most of the victims of AIDS in Africa, the REAL victims are women who were given it by their unfaithful husbands and the children who are left with no parents when the disease claims their lives. Then, often the children die, as well, but only after being orphaned and without medical treatment.

If you have felt any of those things and still wondered, "What can I do from here?" Shayne Moore has some answers for you. She tells her story, and believe me, you will be able to relate to it.
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As I read this book, I was reminded of the biblical principle that God doesn't call the equipped but rather equips the called. Shayne Moore didn't have any unique skills or credentials to make a difference for those around the world with HIV/AIDS; in the beginning, she just had a desire to hear Bono speak and then a passion to learn more about and do something about the reality of those, especially women and children, living with HIV/AIDS.

I took a lot away from this book, but primarily:

(1) Moms can make a difference. Shayne balanced her love for her family and her love for other families well. She didn't launch out on a mission that left her kids and husband behind, but she also didn't pigeon-hole herself as a mom who couldn't make a difference outside of her home. As Shayne writes, "I see a new kind of global women's movement much bigger than simply raising money for our favorite causes. Today that is only part of the solution. It is an important part, but I believe what is needed in addition to resources is the mother's heart, the feminine voice on the political and global levels, specifically speaking out against what breaks our hearts in areas ravaged by disease and poverty..." (pg. 172).

(2) The church needs to get over the idea that our mission is either the gospel or social justice. It's both. Yes, we need to be telling people the good news about Jesus, here in the US and around the world. AND we also need to be showing that we care about issues of justice that are so prevalent in the prophets of the Old Testament and in Jesus's own life and sermons.
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I sighed setting down Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore. I knew what she meant when she wrote, "..and pretend to care about potty training, what sports team the kids did or did not make, and manicures." (pg.46) Finishing the third chapter reminded me of being in my tiny Florida living room with some women chatting about thread count of sheets. They were talking and I was listening because I could not have cared less. Reading about Shayne's heart breaking for the extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa and her coming to terms with the fact that not everyone around her cared. I could relate. Perhaps you will be able to as well.

As I moved through Shayne's stories, I was in awe at the ways God compelled her towards and into some really big situations. I will admit that her quest toward helping in global social justice at times looked pretty glamorous; I was not feeling sorry for her sacrifice much of the book. At the same time, it shows what one woman can do when her heart is stirred and sometimes that ends up looking very different then we imagine. She weaves beautiful memories that make moms want to do more and watch for opportunities to get involved themselves.

Maybe God is moving your heart to join the ranks of moms doing missional acts big and small. If you are interested specifically in social justice issues, this book is full of statistics and ideas to help you get started. It was an inspiring read.

This book was given to me by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I do not endorse all the resources mentioned in her book.
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